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February 12, 2015
Functional fitness means being ready for the challenges of the real world. With winter upon us, we examine the connection between the barbell and the snow shovel.
One weekend, my husband and I decided our front lawn needed to go. Short on money and sense, we grabbed pickaxes and shovels and attacked the mess of dying grass, weeds and dirt in front of our house.
Monday came, and both of us… Continue Reading
Expert Dave Newman dissects the double-under and offers tips that transfer over to triple-unders.
On the surface, the double-under is simple. Grab a jump rope and let it pass under your feet twice each time you jump.
When double-unders go well, they are a thing of beauty. The rope is a blur as the athlete bounds up and down, relaxed and composed, the calm in the eye of a storm.
When double-unders fall apart, it’s painful to… Continue Reading
CrossFit HQ’s Russell Berger and Pat Sherwood dissect a common problem: athletes who fall backward when learning the air squat.
Longtime CrossFit trainers have seen it more times than they can count: an athlete falls on his butt at the bottom of the air squat.
The hips go back and down, but then the chest falls. When he tries to regain a neutral midline, it’s time for someone to yell “timber!”
But why… Continue Reading
Strong shoulders are the key to performance overhead, and four simple movements can help you improve mobility and stability.
A look back at the workouts from CrossFit.com for the 2013 year reveals that over 80 percent of them involved at least one exercise that had a transfer of force through the shoulder girdle.
Therefore, proper function of the shoulder is critical for both optimal performance and injury prevention. An… Continue Reading
Want to get better at strict pull-ups? Bill Starr says the secret is simple programming and a lot of dedication.
In the CrossFit Journal article “The Arms Race and Olympic Lifting,” I stated I didn’t think Olympic lifters should do specific work on their biceps. I noted that these athletes get plenty of work for their biceps through all the heavy pulling they do regularly: power cleans, power snatches, full cleans and… Continue Reading
Pat Sherwood confesses to a history of biceps curls before detailing favorite WODs that helped him stay fit on an epic motorcycle trip.
In early 2005, I received a phone call from my buddy Dave Castro, who told me I needed to check out the gnarly workouts on a website he had recently discovered.
I pulled up CrossFit.com and saw “Deadlift 1-1-1-1-1-1-1.”
At that moment in my life, I had been doing… Continue Reading
HQ trainer and old-school CrossFitter Josh Everett takes you through his warm-up, which is designed to get the body primed for high-intensity functional movement.
In Part 1, Everett breaks things down:
1. General monostructural warm-up
2. General joint/muscle mobility
3. Specific joint/muscle mobility
4. Specific movement prep
“The first time your heart rate spikes, you don’t want it to be when you attack that WOD ’cause it’s gonna… Continue Reading
Box jumps are mainly about jumping onto a box. Simple, right? But like any CrossFit movement, you can always add a good dose of virtuosity for increased speed, efficiency and grace.
Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli explain exactly how to set up for efficient box jumps, and they say it all starts with foot position and body position. As all supple leopards know, great body position takes work, so Starrett offers up some mobility… Continue Reading